The breakthrough in the life of the American model, Ashley, came when she appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit in the year 2016. As much as this was a big thing in Graham’s career, she was also severely criticized on social media.
A lot of critics took it on Instagram where they let loose all their critical thinking on keyboards. Ashley, who strongly condemns fat-shaming, had always supported the idea that no one has the right to criticize any person just because of their body size.
However, when Graham appeared on the cover of the magazine, she, herself, became a victim of this baseless criticism. In the cover photo, Ashley seemed a very thinner person as compared to her old figure. Her followers on Instagram didn’t like that.
Here is how one of her followers shared their thoughts about Ashley’s sudden weight loss, “What happened to embracing your size? You advertise that message then go and lose weight?? I mean hey more power to you, but idk…puzzled”.
However, Graham, who has always spoken against the body-shaming was having none of that. She replied to each of her critics in a great way but we will come to it later. Let’s first discuss how did Ashley lose weight.
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Ashley Graham’s Weight Loss Journey
Ashley wanted to make some changes to her appearance as she noticed that she was constantly gaining weight, which wasn’t a good sign for her health. So, Ashley decided to lose extra pounds. She started eating less and doing a lot of exercises.
Graham did a 180 turn on her old eating habits in order to get lighter. Here are details about Ashley’s diet and workout plans.
Ashley’s Diet Plan
She stopped eating processed food. Especially fast food. Ashley also limited her drinking. She substituted her previous bad eating habits with eating fruits and veggies. She fulfilled her protein need by eating lean meat. She started her day with a sip of fresh carrot or gorge juice.
Ashley’s Workout Plan
Graham’s exercise routine played a vital role as well. In this regard, Ashley took the help of the professional trainer, Dawin Pena. She started visiting the gym five days a week, leaving the weekend only.
She would do push-ups, pull-ups, squats, boxing, cycling, and all other cardio workouts. This helped Ashley in burning calories. At the end of the session, Graham would seek the peace of mind by practicing yoga.
Breastfeeding was There Too
Besides, Ashley’s diet and workout plans, there was another factor at work as well. After giving birth to her child, Graham was busy doing motherly things. She said that breastfeeding her newborn played a role as well.
Even though it didn’t do much, it had its part as well. “If you are exclusively breastfeeding, this will help burn off about 300 calories a day“, Graham told the interviewer.
Before & After Weight Loss
Before her weight loss journey, Graham weighed around 230 pounds. However, after putting in the effort, she weighs 200 pounds, while losing 30 pounds along the way. The exciting news is that Graham is still working on her weight loss journey. “I still have to lose 20 pounds”, she told her fans.
Ashley’s Reply to Her Insta Critics
Here’s what Ashley had to say to those who were criticizing her for taking control of her life, “People come on my page and body shame me because I’m too big because I’m too small because I’m not good enough for their standards”.
She further said, “But at the end of the day, I’m satisfied with myself. I’m good enough for my standards”.
Soon after giving birth, Graham’s hair started falling. It had her a lot of worrying. Not only Ashley but her fans were worried as well. However, consulting the doctor calmed her down. The doctor told her that it wasn’t a permanent thing and there wasn’t anything to worry about.
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In the end, I just want to appreciate Graham for being what she is. No matter, what kind of criticism she faced, she always stood up for being herself. There is a lot of things to be learned from Ashley’s weight loss journey and her bravery.